Ireland’s rich and natural heritage is renowned.
Inseparable from the natural heritage are the houses, castles and gardens that form part of our cultural heritage.
This website is a comprehensive guide to the very best of Ireland’s architectural and landscape history. In recent years, the importance of these great properties has been recognised with help from the Irish government, Failte Ireland and EU structural funds. Along with the enthusiasm of the owners and managers, many have been restored and are open to the public to visit, enjoy and explore. Houses, Castles & Gardens of Ireland Ltd represents a broad selection of these architectural and landscape delights. As well as the great Georgian buildings of the 18th century for which Ireland is well renowned there are other treasures to be visited. They vary from Palladian mansions to archaeological monuments and vernacular mud built cottages intrinsic to the Irish landscape. Early barbican towers, castle strongholds, gothic revival houses of the Victorian era, formal 17th gardens, landscape parks of the 18th century, kitchen gardens, rustic wilderness gardens, 20th century cottage gardens and arboreta are all represented. These unique properties reflect the enthusiasm, skills and eccentricities of their owners or custodians.
These historical landmarks in Ireland have become ideal venues for year round events, exhibitions and guided tours which ideally suit the requirements of modern family life, entertainment and research. The Events Listing on the Home Page is comprehensive guide to finding the perfect outing or itinerary for your visit in Ireland.
In every case you can be sure of a friendly welcome. Some of our members welcome overnight guests whilst others provide the perfect location for wedding ceremonies, (receptions and wedding photography) and feature film and television production. So please visit, enjoy and explore the wonders of historic and contemporary Ireland with the assistance of this website.